Desde Dentro de Cuba.

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October 17, 1998.

REPORTER SURVEYS THREE WOMEN IN THE COMING TRIAL By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - While the leaders of the "Iberoamerican" countries held their debates about the world order - and its consequences - in the Portuguese city of Oporto recently, here in this city three women were preparing for the coming trial of the Group of Four who form the Working Group of Internal Dissidence. However, no date has been set for the trial of the famous four, who have been in prison more than a year.

One of the women is among the accused: Marta Beatriz Roque, defined by those who know her as one who "takes arms!"

Another of the women is somewhat older than Marta and will be the defense attorney for another of the accused, Vladimiro Roca Antúnez. This woman is Dr. Amelia Rodriguez, with ample experience as a professor and lawyer and who says she hopes to raise the quality of the defense to the high stature of the one she defends.

The third of the feminine trio is the prosecuting attorney, a lawyer in the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) and the president of the Criminal Court for Crimes against the Security of the State, part of the Provincial Tribunal of the City of Havana. She is Edelmira Pedriz. She is the youngest of the three women but her age serves as no limit on the strength of her attacks against the defense.

Those dissidents who saw Ms. Pedriz during the trial of the dissident Reinaldo Alfaro last August 28 say that "it is a shame that she defends the indefensible."

At any rate, from whatever viewpoint this situation is observed, virtually everyone here agrees that this will be a trial even more memorable than the expectations that have been created about it inside and outside of Cuba.

Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.


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